8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
One of the places the enemy prowls is on the internet. Close to one-third of online content is pornographic. You don’t have to go looking to stumble upon it.
29% of teens (13-17) come across porn daily or weekly without seeking it out; for young adults the percentage is 48%
What might have begun as an accidental viewing and then a curiosity can become a habit, even an addiction. Viewing pornography becomes a sin that so easily entangles. It presents people as exploitable objects and promises intimacy as a commodity isolated from a loving marital relationship. Those are lies that don’t lead anywhere good or godly.
You might be reading this because you are looking for God’s forgiveness and grace to shut the mouth of the lion. Great! That journey will involve more than this post and these resources. It will involve confessing and trusting, renewing and growing and persisting, but you can experience God’s rescue and renewal. Begin to walk the way of God and shut the lion up.
Below are resources, primarily drawn from the publication “Battling Pornography” by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (this link takes you to the full report).
Help For Those Struggling With Porn Temptation or Addiction
- Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships
in a Hypersexualized Age by Jonathan Grant (Amazon.ca link)
- Restored: True Stories of Love and Trust After Porn by Matt
and Cameron Fradd (Amazon.ca link)
- Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and
Heal by Barbara Steffens (Amazon.ca link)
This week aa close friend of mine asked where she could find ‘good’ material to talk to her kids – teens – about pornography, et al. I told her about this blog and your message and have printed it along with some of the into sites of other website. Thank you Pastor for this message. The timing appears to be God-ordained.